From your seemingly timeless dresser, to that worn sectional you just can’t give up, even the best pieces of furniture need to evolve with you. It’s tempting, whether you’re redecorating or simply not feeling the love for a particular piece, to donate it and start over with new furniture. But that idea isn’t best for the environment–or your budget. DIY furniture makeovers, however, are a budget-friendly, fast, and fun way to upgrade your furniture so it looks like it belongs–even as your design preferences evolve and change.
Opting for a furniture makeover instead of a new piece spending spree? Try some of these DIY furniture makeovers to take your pieces from dated to new-to-you:
Bring Some (New) Color to Tables, Chairs, & More
A quick and simple DIY furniture makeover for your wood or plastic furniture? Paint. Simply giving your end table a new color or changing the wood finish on your dining table will add new character to it.
If throwing on some fresh color isn’t you thing, consider painting a bit more meticulously. Use a stencil to add some patterns, or paint only one drawer on a dresser to use the color as an accent. Just make sure to prime your furniture before painting to avoid your new color chipping away (along with your resolve to keep the piece).
Add Some Fanciful Flair with Trim and Crown Molding
A simplistic mirror or standard shelf was a great idea…back in your minimalist design phase. But once you’re ready to graduate to something that feels more luxurious, crown molding or trim can do the trick. Using photo frame trim or by-the-piece crown molding, you can easily transform the look of mirrors, cabinetry, bookshelves, and more.
De-Clutter for a Low Effort, High Impact DIY Furniture Makeover
This isn’t an upgrade per se, but de-cluttering all the random stuff sitting on your furniture will surprise you with just how different it looks. But it’s important to declutter more than just the stuff. Now’s the perfect time to take a look at your furniture in total and see what pieces aren’t functioning the way you hoped. Unused ottomans, storage spaces unfilled, even spare pieces that just take up space without being used, should all be on the chopping block. When you’re ready to bring your pieces to the donation center or dump, book a Dolly and we’ll connect you with a local pickup truck owner ready to take care of your unwanted items so you can focus on upgrading your space.
Add a Splash of Wallpaper to Pump Things Up with Patterns
Just like repainting, adding wallpaper to an otherwise dull furniture piece can bring new life to it, plus serves to bring its design in line with the rest of your space. Any furniture piece with a flat surface is a good candidate for wallpapering, but bookshelves, hutches, and desks are some of the best options. For bookshelves and hutches, consider adding wallpaper as a backsplash that contrasts the solid colors found on the rest of the piece. Desks, on the other hand, are the perfect pieces for wallpaper on top. For those intimidated by the work involved with wallpapering, consider using stick-on contact paper instead.
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